Our digestive system and overall well-being benefits from the synergy of two health-promoting substances: prebiotics and probiotics.
Probiotics are live microorganisms that, when taken in adequate amounts, can benefit our overall health – including our immune, digestive, and urinary systems. Plus, probiotics can help with inflammation, allergies, cholesterol levels, and mouth and gum health. Probiotics are found in yogurt with live active cultures, kefir, and other fermented foods.
Prebiotics promote the growth of probiotics making probiotics even more healthful. Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) are one of the many classes of prebiotics and they’re found in legumes, cereals, and some fruits and vegetables. These non-absorbed fibers inhibit potentially pathogenic organisms while increasing the absorption of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc. Green tea and dark chocolate may also be considered prebiotics.
The evidence of prebiotics and probiotics foods promoting health and fighting disease is increasing on a monthly basis and is now supported by many double-blind, placebo-controlled human trials.
So don’t forget to eat or drink your prebiotics AND your probiotics. Their SuperFood synergy is crucial to your optimum health.